Lauri Astala's Transit in International Competitions at IndieCorck in Ireland and AISFF in South Korea
IndieCork – A festival of independent film and music takes place in Cork, Ireland, between October 4 and 11, and AISFF2015 will be held in Seoul, South Korea, from November 5 to 10, 2015. The screening in AISFF is the Asian premiere for the film.
Transit will also be screened during the 32nd Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, taking place between November 10 to 15, 2015.
Astala’s film presents documentary shots of New York that are altered by camera movements, angles and framing. This builds up a new fictitious urban space, whose visual familiarity stems from the history of film. The theme of Transit evolves around the collective visual ideas and notions of the urban environment.
In the past months, Transit has been seen in international film festivals around the world.
The film participated in the competition Prix Videoformes at 30th VIDEOFORMES Digital Arts Festival in Clermont-Ferrand, France in April, the International Competition of the 31st Hamburg International Short Film Festival in Germany in June, and in August in the Main Competition of OFF15 – Odense International Film Festival in Denmark.
Lauri Astala lives in Helsinki, Finland and Avalon, France. He graduated from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 1989 and Chicago Art Institute in 2001. Astala is one of of the most distinguished media artists in Finland. He makes sculptures, videos and installations, that concentrate on our concepts and experiences of space and the ways in which cultural structures shapes them. His works have been presented at numerous solo and group exhibitions since 1989, including Eyebeam in New York (2013), Gallery Heino in Helsinki (2008, 2012), Helsinki Art Museum (2010) KUMU art museum in Tallinn (2008) and Institut finlandais in Paris (2008). In 2007, Astala was awarded with the Finnish State Prize for Visual Arts.
The 13th Asiana International Short Film Festival (AISFF2015) in Seoul, South Korea 5 – 10 November, 2015. More information: http://aisff.org/2015/html/main/?lang=_eng | www.facebook.com/AISFF | twitter: @AISFF